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Dear Members,

We are committed to following all recommendations provided by our provincial and national leaders, & health authorities, and we are responding as needed to the many changes happening.  In these uncertain and unprecedented times, ultimately the safety of our members is most important.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the PTSBC Board has made the decision to CANCEL the October 2020 conference. The next annual conference will be held Oct 1 and 2, 2021.

If you have already registered, your registration will be cancelled and payment refunded to you.

Keep Well and Stay Safe,

Your PTSBC Board

Dear PTSBC Members,

Pharmacy technicians and pharmacists work on the front line in patient care and behind the scenes to manage medication use and provide drug information, helping to build a medication system that is safe, effective, and efficient.  

At this time, it is important for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to keep themselves informed of the evolving COVID-19 situation.  We encourage you to frequently check the College of Pharmacists website for updates and changes found at: https://www.bcpharmacists.org/covid19

The college has implemented exceptions such as:

  • allowing for broad latitude on pharmacist decisions with respect to emergency supplies to patients;
  • permitting pharmacists to dispense drugs included in the controlled prescription program upon receiving a verbal order from a practitioner;
  • permitting pharmacy employees in BC to deliver prescriptions of controlled substances on behalf of a pharmacist (excluding opioid agonist treatment) to patients at their homes or alternate locations; 
  • pharmacists are also able to transfer a prescription for drugs referred to on the Controlled Prescription Drug List.

In addition, the College Board has also granted Professional Development and Assessment Program (PDAP) exemptions for the remainder of 2020 registrant renewal deadlines (March 2020 to December 2020). 

These exceptions allow for pharmacy professionals to meet the increased needs of the public. 

It is also important to acknowledge, there are several things pharmacy technicians can do to help support each other and our pharmacist colleagues.  

Pharmacy technicians are already experiencing the rise in demands for filling, completing final product checks and doing best possible medication history in the emergency departments to meet the increased patient needs.  As pharmacies continue to provide increased patient care services, it is time for pharmacy technicians to support any and all operational duties within our scope.

We acknowledge pharmacy technicians are under much stress as they meet the enhanced demands while working in environments with potential for high-risk exposures.   That being said, we encourage pharmacy technicians to work to full scope where possible.  The NAPRA Pharmacy Technician Scope of Practice in Canadian Jurisdictions document is attached to help you have those conversations with your management team and ensure we utilize our knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve the system and provide positive patient health outcomes.


The Pharmacy Technician Society of British Columbia is proud to bring you the 14th annual BC Pharmacy Technician Conference, featuring dynamic speakers from diverse practice backgrounds with sessions relevant to technicians in all practice settings. Join us at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond on Friday Oct. 18 and Saturday Oct. 19 for educational sessions and networking with your colleagues from across the country!

The event starts on Friday evening with an exhibit and networking reception followed by an entertainment segment.  This year you can look forward to a fund, new and interative option that is sure to get everyone from our audience participating - PTSBC's very own game show!  This interactive, customizable group game show will be a wonderful addition providing great team building activities and conference entertainment.  Let's play the feud!  Play head to head against your rivals in an all-out battle for the top spot!  make sure you're ready to smack the buzzer and beat your opponent to the punch!  Strategize with your team and enjoy the energy!  Survey says ... you are bound to have a great time competing against your friends and coworkers!  

Saturday is a full day of learning with an exciting keynote presentation by motivational speaker Jody Urquhart.  Learning objectives of this conference is to provide educational programming to advance pharmacy practice and to increase knowledge of pharmacy technicians and assistants from all areas of practice in order to enhance the quality of pharmaceutical care provided to patients.

Register at https://ptsbc.ca/conference/2019-conference-registration

Registration deadline is Oct 9.

PTSBC is seeking nominations for the 2019/2020 PTSBC Board Members.  

You can play an important role in these elections by identifying and nominating the best possible candidates or deciding to run yourself.

Board members have a significant role and responsibility. It is important to remember that while an election process is used to establish Board membership, the mandates of the Society are to promote education and communication; enhance and strengthen leadership capabilities; promote professionalism; act as a valuable resource for pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants in BC.
Board members bring diverse points of view to the table and work as a team to make sound decisions in the society’s interest.

Nominations for the upcoming Board elections must be submitted using the online form by Friday, October 4th, 2019 AT 5:00 PM.

Nominees are to include a brief biography and upload a photo.

Full active pharmacy technicians are eligible to run in the Board elections.

Elected Board members will be announced at the conference AGM


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